Bats! Haunted Trails! Zombies and … Crackers?!

Friday: October 19

Bats in the Park After Dark
Faver-Dykes State Park is celebrating Halloween with a special educational bat program that will teach participants how to identify the different bat species within the park and explain their habitat, eating habits, and life cycle. The program takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. at Faver-Dykes State Park, 1000 Faver-Dykes Road. Admission is $5 per vehicle. Trick or treat candy will be provided. www.FloridaStateParks.org

Friday and Saturday: October 19 & 20

Florida’s Haunted Trails
Activities include a family-friendly haunted house, storytelling, magic shows, a haunted farm, wagon rides, carnival games and a headless horseman. It all takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $8, children under 5 are free. Florida Agricultural Museum is located at the corner of Old Kings Road and US 1 in Palm Coast. 386.446.7630. www.MyAgMuseum.com

Old Town Trolleys: Nightmare In The Museum
Take a riding ghost tour through the darkened streets of Old St. Augustine, including a stop at Potter’s House of Wax which has been darkly rumored as a portal between the living and the dead. Tours start 8 p.m. from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center, 27 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $20. 904-829-3800 www.trustedtours.com.

A Ghostly Experience Halloween 2012
 A Ghostly Experience tour guides lead a walking tour through the haunted streets of the Nation’s Oldest City, for encounters with crazed, feisty, and swash-buckling spirits that linger around to tell their tales of their mysterious, warranted, and fitting deaths. Tickets are $15 per person. The tours depart every 30 minutes starting at 8 p.m. from 2 St. George Street, St. Augustine. Reservations are required, and space is limited. 904- 829-1122  www.GhostToursofStAugustine.com

Zombieville
This is an interactive paintball experience of horrific proprotions! Load up and take aim at the undead, enjoy tales told in the hut of the ancient Zombie, King Motumbo and take a ride on the Zombie Express. Tickets are on sale at Ripley’s or at the door. Zombieville can be found at 254 San Marco Ave, at the old Sugar Mill. Doors open at 7:30 every Friday and Saturday night through October. Prices are $10 at the door, or $15 for the Zombie Express leaving from the original Ripley’s.Believe It or Not Museum at 19 San Marco Avenue. You can also purchase Zombieville tickets for only $5 with the purchase of a Ghost Train Adventure ticket. For more information, call 904.377.2607.

Ghost Hunt
Get trained to be a ghost hunter by professional investigators! Spend three hours using paranormal-detecting equipment inside the Old Jail and learn about the amazing amount of paranormal activity that has been observed in the building. The tour is from 10:45 p.m. until 2 a.m. Admission is $80 per person; $35 for children under 12 (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). For reservations (required), call 904.829.3800.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: October 19, 20 & 21

Sea Monsters! 
Venom!  Ultra Vision!  Glow in the Dark!  These are some of the fascinating “monster” characteristics of some sea animals. Daily in October, the Sea Monsters Traveling Exhibit engages visitors in these mysterious and intriguing attributes, and explains how they are adaptations to extreme underwater environments. Learn about animals that use these special survival strategies.  Included in General Admission Price, $9.75 Adult General Admission, $7.75 Child General Admission  
www.staugustinelighthouse.org

Saturday: October 20

Cracker Day
Florida’s Country Cracker Heritage is celebrated with bluegrass banjos, horsemanship demonstrations and barbecue. Horseback games and barrel racing, livestock show, cracker whipping demonstrations, and exhibits of Florida Cracker equipment. Events from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Barbecue is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds located at 5840 SR 207 in Elkton. Adult admission is s $10, children (under 12) admission is $4 each day. Price includes parking and barbecue dinner (Race participation fees not included). 904.824.9720.

Saturday and Sunday: October  20 & 21

Reptile Awareness Weekend
You’ve probably seen lots of American alligators – but what about the world’s only other kind of ‘gator? That’s right – it’s the Chinese alligator! This weekend, learn about the worldwide effort the save the critically endangered Chinese alligator – and get your photo taken with one of these rare reptiles. Plus, there will be an opportunity to feed rats to alligators! It all happens at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. 904-824-3337 or www.AlligatorFarm.com